Overall: 9 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. ( 23.8 x 13.7 x 15.9 cm ) Silver Weight with handle: 50 oz (troy) 4 dwt (1561 g)
Louis XV coffee pot; raised pear-shaped body on three cast scroll feet with applied acanthus leaves on the legs and shield-shaped joints with horizontal bands surrounded by foliate garland, shells and topped with leaves; molded bands below the plain rim; circular, hinged, domed lid with applied, cast reeded bundles wrapped with bands around the rim; cast foliate medallion applied in the center around foliate finial; scroll and acanthus thumbpiece over the cylinder hinge and the foliate swagged hinge-plate with a leaf drop; applied, cast spout with a swag garland and shell motif over a shield and foliate drop below and a notched lip; cylindrical handle-socket with a reeded bundle wrapped in bands around the edge and a circular juncture surrounded by a foliate band; straight turned wooden handle (replacement); center of the body engraved with the Livingston family arms, surmounted by crest of a three-masted ship; banner below inscribed, "SPERO MELIORA" in roman letters; maker's marks struck on the underside.
Gift of Mr. Goodhue Livingston
Engraved at front center: the Livingston family arms, includes quartered shield with three gilly flowers within a tressure flory at quarters 1 and 4, counter flory, 2 quartered with three gilly flowers in a chevron in 1 and 4 and 2 and 3 three crescents, 3 a bend between six billets, surrounded by a garland and surmounted by a ship of three masts, with a banner below inscribed, "SPERO MELIORA" in roman letters. Mark: stamped at underside of lid and at bottom of body: "A" crowned (Paris charge mark from 1774-80 period), "M" crowned with conforming surround (Paris town mark of 1775), "J N/ R" below a trefoil and crown (le poincon de maitre).
This coffeepot was owned by Robert R. Livingston (1748-1814), U.S. Minister to France from 1801 to 1804. It was likely purchased in Paris by Gouverneur Morris, who served as ambassador to France during the French Revolution, and sold to Livingston in 1805. Additional Roettiers silver owned by Robert Livingston is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.
Hofer, Margaret K. "Seventeenth-and eighteenth-century family silver." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 156-161.
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